Blumenthal, Murphy Vote To Preserve Net Neutrality Rules

May 17, 2018, 05:00
Blumenthal, Murphy Vote To Preserve Net Neutrality Rules

Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., applauded the Senate vote Wednesday to reverse the Federal Communication Commission's "misguided" decision to end net neutrality protection, which they said would harm consumers, innovation and the open internet.

While Collins' support had been public leading up to the vote, Murkowski's and Kennedy's "yes" vote came as a surprise to some.

Kamala Harris, a Democratic Senator from California, tweeted, "Today's vote on #Net Neutrality is one of the most impactful votes the U.S. Senate has ever taken on the future of the internet". It is not clear if the U.S. House will vote at all on the measure while the White House has said it is opposed.

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"Today's vote is a sign that the fight for internet freedom is far from over".

Still, Democrats hope a public vote might increase the pre-midterm election pressure on some lawmakers to reconsider their support on an issue that's popular with voters.

The Senate will vote on a resolution under the Congressional Review Act, a law that allows Congress, with a simple-majority vote in both houses, to overturn new regulations by federal agencies within 60 legislative days of implementation. With a vote of 52 for keeping Net Neutrality and 47 against, the Senate has, for now, been able to prevent the repeal of the Net Neutrality rules. Then the resolution needs the signature of the same president who pushed the net neutrality repeal, through his FCC chairman, Ajit Pai.

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Democrats argue the new FCC rules give too much power to internet service providers, which they fear will throttle down internet speeds for some websites and services while ramping it up for others who pay more.

He said the internet thrived long before the Obama administration stepped in, and he predicted that when the Trump administration's rule scrapping net neutrality goes into effect in June, consumers won't notice a change in service. About 40 top executives from MA companies including Zipcar, Carbonite, MathWorks, and Rapid7 signed a letter this month supporting Markey's effort to preserve what they call "a free and open Internet". "We should not resurrect rules that should not have been done by the regulatory process in the first place".

Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made an even stronger statement on Twitter: "There's never been a more important vote in the Senate for the future of the internet". "As this measure heads to the House, it would be prudent for members to take note of this sustained outcry and vote to preserve net neutrality". "It's time for the Senate to do the hard work necessary to find a bipartisan, sustainable path forward that would protect consumers and provide certainty for innovators and small businesses".

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